These are unprecedented times, looking after your mental health is important .Take steps to improve your mental health while you work from home and you’ll stay heathy and productive as we navigate our new normal.

  1. STICK TO A ROUTINE AND HAVE A REGULAR SCHEDULE

Without steady schedules, the lines between work and personal time can get blurred and be stressful to get right.

Follow your normal sleep and work patterns if you can, and stay consistent. Get up at the same time, eat breakfast and get out of your pyjamas. Try scheduling in your “commute time” and spend it exercising, reading or listening to music before logging in.

Most importantly, when your workday stops, stop working. Shut down, stop checking emails and focus on your home life. And at the end of the day, try to get to bed at your usual time.

2. CREAT YOURSELF A DEDICATED WORKSPACE 

  • Wide desk. Support for your wrists, arms, and elbows will keep carpal tunnel away while you use your mouse and keyboard. 
  • A comfortable, ergonomic chair that supports your back. Long work hours require a supportive chair for your back, neck, and spine. Look for strong lumbar support for the curve of your lower back.
  • Dope sound system (and other creature comforts). Without coworkers to annoy, you can blast your Spotify focus playlists and get in the zone. Get a wireless mouse and keyboard for the ultimate tether-free work life. 

3. STAY CONNECTED

Stay connected with family, friends, and support systems using technology like FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangout and other video-based options. Talk about your fears and concerns with people you trust. Chances are they are feeling the same way.

4. EXERCISE AND STAY ACTIVE

Maintaining an exercise routine at home can seem more like a ‘should’ than a ‘want to’ at the moment. And with so many people out of work and struggling financially, staying active can seem like much less of a priority. However, even a small amount of activity can make a huge difference in how well you think and feel. Exercise is one of the most powerful tools we have for staying physically and mentally healthy.

Exercise can help ease depression, stress, and anxiety, and aid in the management of chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. By finding new ways to get moving and stay motivated, you can take charge of your mood and well-being and regain a sense of control during this time of great uncertainty.

5. TAKE A BREAK FROM TIME TO TIME

Be sure to get up and step away from your desk when you take a break. Don’t count browsing the internet or working on personal items as a break from work: Research shows those distractions don’t result in more productivity or energy at work. Take time to read a book, call a friend, or focus on a personal hobby—strategies related to learning and personal relationships are shown to boost mood and energy. 

A change of scenery will clear your mind and get your blood flowing. If you can step outside for a quick walk, all the better.

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